Cuomo Proposes $137B State Budget; Spends Two Percent More
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is backing up the progressive agenda he shouted about in a rousing State of the State speech a week ago with a financial plan he presented in the measured tones of a CEO.
Cuomo included ways to use a total of $30 billion over several years in expected federal funding to restore communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy. He also plans to use some aid for upstate communities still recovering from tropical storms Irene and Lee in 2011.
Cuomo avoids calling for a tax increases while increasing school aid 4.4 percent. He also funds ways to implement his gun control measures from a week ago.
Cuomo says he also wants to fund marketing and jobs programs aimed at economically struggling upstate communities.